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The Wahoo Central Chat Room with Morgan Kelly and Sara Sargent

Virginia women’s cross country runners Morgan Kelly and Sara Sargent will chat live Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

The No. 10 Cavaliers will host the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational Friday morning. The meet will have a strong field that includes 2013 NCAA Runner-Up Arizona.

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team-logo-va.gif spacer.gif Wahoo Central Moderator: Thanks for joining us on the Wahoo Central Chat. Morgan and Sara are here and ready to start answering your questions.
Michael, Montgomery Alabama: What is you average mileage per week and/or what is your favorite workout
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: My weekly mileage always falls between 55 and 60 miles. I love track workouts, so my favorite workout involves repeats on the track (the faster the better).
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: I range anywhere from 60 to 65 miles a week. My favorite kind of workout would have to be one on the track even though we are in cross country season.
Carol (Richmond): What is the best pre-game meal before a meet? When should you eat before you run?
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: Good question! I always have a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, a banana, and toast with honey before a race. Everyone is different when it comes to the timing of pre-game meals, but I like to eat 3 to 4 hours before I race.
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: My go-to pre-race meal would have to be oatmeal and toast with peanut butter and banana. A cup of coffee is a must to go along with it! I’ll eat 3 to 4 hours before the start of the race.
Kara (Richmond): If you could be one professional athlete for the day, who would you be?
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: Lauren Fleshman, a two-time U.S. 5000M champion.
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: If I could be one professional athlete for the day it would have to be Emma Coburn. She was a national champion runner for the University of Colorado. She now runs professionally all over the world. Emma is a great inspiration and role model!
Atticus, Fargo North Dakota: what is your favorite place to run in Charlottesville?
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: We don’t actually run in Charlottesville because the streets are too crowded. My favorite place to run in the Charlottesville area is at Dick Woods Road.
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: My favorite place to run in the area around Charlottesville is Ridge Road. Even though the hills are challenging, the views of the Blue Ridge mountains can’t be beat!
Charlie (Charlottesville): What does it mean to you to get to compete in the ACC championships right here in Central VA?
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: It is an honor to be able to host the ACC Championships at Panorama Farms. A home course advantage is always a good feeling entering a meet. I am also excited for so many talented teams to be able to run on one of the best cross country courses in the nation.
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: I’m really excited about hosting ACC championships because I think it will give our team a big advantage over the competition. Panorama can be a pretty intimidating course for a lot of runners, but we train there every week so we can go into the meet confident and ready to dominate.
Tina (Richmond): What is your favorite time of day to run?
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: I love evening runs! There’s something fun about running in the dark, and I always feel faster at night. Evening races are the best.
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: My absolute favorite time of the day to go out on a run is in the evening. I love running when the sun is beginning to set. I always seem to enjoy running best when it’s in the evening.
Tara (Charlottesville): Describe the team’s mantra in five words or less.
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: Efficient little machines
Dennis: Chilly day today in C’ville! How do the outdoor temps affect your running and endurance? Do you prefer days like today?
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: Outdoor temperatures can have a significant impact on a runner’s performance. I prefer running in the cold than extreme heat because I get warm pretty quickly when I run. I think the biggest challenge I face running in Charlottesville is the humidity- I’m not used to it at all.
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: I personally would prefer running when it’s warmer outside. However, I try to use running in the cold as a good way to prepare for cross country meets later in the season. Running in the cold makes it a bit harder for me to breathe so I always make sure I am wearing extra clothing layers to keep my body warm.
Darcy (Boston): Morgan – Since you transfered in to UVA from Harvard, what has been the biggest difference?
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: I’d say the biggest difference between running at Harvard and running at UVa is the intensity of the training. The ACC is a very competitive league, and there are different expectations that result from that level of competition.
Glen Allen: What did you do in middle school? We’re you part of the track team or did your interest in cross country only develop in high school?
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: When I was in middle school I ran cross country and outdoor track for the Philadelphia Catholic Youth Organization. I had opportunities to race on some of the best cross country courses and tracks in the running world such as Franklin Field. The CYO program greatly contributed to my passion and love for the sport.
Michael: I ran Cross Country in high school and loved that it was an individual but also a team sport. Can you talk about that dynamic of competing for your best times personally, but as part of a bigger team effort?
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: The dynamic of competing for myself but also as part of a bigger team effort is one of the main reasons I love the sport. By focusing on myself, I am contributing to the group effort of the team.
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: One of my favorite things about Cross Country is that doing what’s best for the team ensures having a great individual performance, too. I know that if I have a great race the entire team can benefit from that, and that’s a great feeling. I also think there’s something to be said for running in a pack, or just seeing a teammate when I start to feel like I’m on my own on the course.
Kim (Charlottesville): What do you enjoy the most about Panorama Farms?
10247441.jpeg spacer.gif Sara Sargent: The beautiful views surrounding Panorama Farms are by far my favorite thing about the course. Sights like the Blue Ridge mountains and hot air balloons in the sky makes running on extremely difficult terrain more enjoyable.
10247307.jpeg spacer.gif Morgan Kelly: I love the views at Panorama, especially in the fall when the leaves start to turn. Virginia is a beautiful state and Panorama captures that beauty better than any other place we run.
team-logo-va.gif spacer.gif Wahoo Central Moderator: Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. That is all the time we have for the chat. Morgan and Sara are off to practice, but make sure you come out to see them and the rest of the Cavaliers compete Friday morning at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational.
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